Ruby: The King of Gemstones

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Ruby is derived from the Latin “ruber,” meaning “red” –the color of passion. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, ruby is called “ratnaraj,” or “king of gems.” Ruby is the most valuable variety of the corundum mineral species, which also includes … [Read more...]

Pearls: Nature’s Precious Gift

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People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for 1000s of years. Their first recorded history dates back to China as early as 2206 BC. They are treasures from the Earth’s ponds, lakes, seas, and oceans, and they’ve always … [Read more...]

Amethyst: Emperor of Quartz

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February's birthstone amethyst, is the most prized variety of the quartz family. Although once only available to royalty, amethyst's plentiful supplies have made it widely available to the general public. Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks … [Read more...]

Topaz: Small Island in the Red Sea

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Topaz is the birthstone for November and it's blue variety is the gem that celebrates a 4th anniversary while Imperial topaz is the gem that high-lites the 23rd anniversary. This is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called … [Read more...]

Tourmaline: The Rainbow Gem

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Tourmaline, along with opal, is the official birthstone for October. It is also the gem that celebrates the eighth anniversary. Owing to its wide range of colour availability, this gemstone is considered to be one of today's most versatile gemstones. Its name is thought to be derived from the Sinhalese … [Read more...]

Alexandrite: The Imperial Gemstone

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Alexandrite is one of the official birthstones of June, a status it shares with cultured pearl and moonstone. A relatively modern gem, it was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. In Russian legend, this … [Read more...]